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  Last updated on Tue, 08 Apr 2014

Man with gun killed by Oceanside officer
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Authorities say an Oceanside police officer has shot and killed a man he believed was reaching for a gun.
$2.2 million settlement ends lawsuit over Manteca police shooting
Sacramento Bee News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A Sacramento federal judge Monday approved a settlement that calls for the family of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer nearly three years ago to collect $2.2 million from the city of Manteca.
New details surface in San Jose cold-case killing involving quilt
Contra Costa Times, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
As police searched 25 years ago for a missing woman, her estranged husband piped up with a suggestion: They should check the local airport for her.
Father on trial, daughter denies wanting Iraqi-American mother dead, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The daughter of an Iraqi-American man accused of killing his wife in California in what was first investigated as a hate crime denied under cross-examination by a defense lawyer on Monday that she ever said she wanted her mother dead. Fatima Alhimidi acknowledged telling an uncle's then-girlfriend that she hated her mother because the two had fought over her romance with a local Chaldean Christian boy, a relationship that would be taboo in many Muslim families. I don't think so." The questions appeared to be part of a defense strategy to suggest that the father, 49-year-old Kassim Alhimidi, may not have been the only person with a possible motive for killing the stay-at-home mother of five in her San Diego-area home. When it was his turn to question Alhimidi, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals asked her directly if she had anything to do with the crime.
Car crash kills toddler, injures 4 including chef
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.
El Cerrito holding meeting on comprehensive San Pablo Avenue plan
Contra Costa Times, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
The San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan and the Complete Streets Plan would enact guidelines allowing intensified development while making circulation changes that would emphasize pedestrians, bicycles and buses as a priority over automobiles. The project area is in both El Cerrito and Richmond. El Cerrito would be the lead jurisdiction by agreement of the two cities.
Police arrest East Palo Alto man on suspicion of armed robbery, threatening victim
San Jose Mercury News - News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A 22-year-old East Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of armed robbery and threatening to harm the victim if he reported him to the authorities, police said.
Body found in Indiana lake may be that of missing Michigan doctor, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Police have told the parents of a missing Michigan doctor a body recovered from a northwestern Indiana lake may be that of their daughter, a private investigator working the case said on Monday. Teleka Patrick went missing on December 5 after attempting to check into a hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she lived, according to Jim Carlin, a Michigan investigator her family hired about three months ago to look for her. The lake is near the spot where an Indiana State Police trooper found Patrick's car abandoned along Interstate 94 on December 5. It is unclear why she left Michigan and drove to Indiana and why she was attempting to rent a hotel room in the city where she lived, Carlin said.
Drug boat found in California near popular Malibu-area beach, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A drug smuggling boat loaded with roughly a ton of marijuana was found beached on Monday in California near a popular Malibu-area surfing spot, and three people located nearby were detained for questioning, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. The so-called panga boat was found at the Leo Carrillo beach, which is popular among local surfers, and was loaded with bundles of marijuana, said Deputy Joseph Baclawski of the Los Angeles sheriff department's special enforcement bureau. "Two thousand pounds (910 kg) is about all these pangas can fit." The past four years have seen an upswing in drug arrests along the Southern California coastline involving the deep V-bottom pangas, although it is rare to find a beached boat loaded with drugs on a popular beach during daylight hours, Baclawski said.
Police probe Smart car vandalism in San Francisco, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four Smart cars were flipped over in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods.
Ex-cop who helped Jaycee Dugard sues over gun permit
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
The UC Berkeley police officer hailed as a hero for helping to rescue kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard is now suing her former employer, saying she was wrongfully denied approval to carry a concealed weapon after she retired on medical disability. Under state law, retired cops are entitled to a permit to carry a concealed weapon. [...] Jacobs was told she was ineligible for a retired officer card with an endorsement to carry a concealed weapon because UC, in a policy shift, no longer considered her and others receiving disability income to be "retired." Jacobs checked Garrido's background, saw that he was a sex offender with convictions for rape and kidnapping, and contacted his parole officer.
Safety group calls for U.S. probe of Chevy Impala air bags, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
General Motors, which has recalled 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches that caused air bags to deactivate, may also have a defect in air bags in 2003 to 2010 Chevrolet Impalas, an auto safety watchdog group said on Monday. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Center for Auto Safety said that the computer code, or algorithm, which determines when an air bag deploys in an accident, may improperly turn off the air bag if the passenger is bounced in his or her seat just before an accident. Air bags are not designed to deploy when a passenger's weight is below a certain amount, and a bouncing motion, even when the person is belted, could reduce the weight registered by the seat sensor linked to the air bag algorithm. There have been 143 fatalities in front-impact crashes in 2000-2010 model year Impalas in which the air bags failed to deploy, according to the center, and in 98 of them, the occupants were wearing safety belts.
S.F. Graffiti Advisory Board members try to clean up
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
The property owner says she also got a sales pitch from Derek Chamberlain, who helps to coordinate a private effort that helps local artists create murals. A victim reported his laptop and cell phone stolen, but told officers he'd downloaded a phone app called Android Lost. Not only does the app track the phone, it allows the owner to activate the camera to take a photo of the person using the phone. Using the tracking feature to find the location and the photo to identify the suspect, officers knocked on the door of a residence, located a 27-year-old suspect and found the phone and the laptop. Confronted with the evidence, the suspect gave a full confession and was booked for grand theft and possession of stolen property.
Smooth Afghan election raises questions about Taliban's strength, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
By John Chalmers and Maria Golovnina KABUL (Reuters) - A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election and the Taliban's failure to significantly disrupt the vote have raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home. The Taliban claimed that they staged more than 1,000 attacks and killed dozens during Saturday's election, which they have branded a U.S.-backed deception of the Afghan people, though security officials said it was a gross exaggeration. There were dozens of minor roadside bombs, and attacks on polling stations, police and voters during the day. But the overall level of violence was much lower than the Taliban had threatened to unleash on the country.
New York police, firefighters brawl at charity hockey match: reports, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A charity hockey match between New York City firefighters and police officers devolved into a brawl on the ice on Sunday, according to videos and photographs posted online and a local newspaper. Hockey sticks, gloves and helmets littered the ice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, about 30 miles east of New York City, as players from both teams grappled with each other for several minutes as the crowd roared their encouragement in videos posted on YouTube and Instagram. Tempers were eventually calmed, and the New York Police Department went on to win 8-5.
Rocklin police alert residents to possible mountain lion sightings
Sacramento Bee News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Rocklin police urge residents to be vigilant after several reports that a possible mountain lion was seen in city neighborhoods. A photo of a mountain lion spotted in tree near a family home in Turlock. In Rocklin, police are urging residents to be vigilant after several reports that a possible mountain lion was seen in city neighborhoods.
Smart Car Tipping in San Francisco, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A group of young men were spotted vandalizing Smart cars in the Bay Area.
Search suspended for Menlo Park hiker missing on Mt. Tamalpais
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
With no new evidence or leads as to the location of a missing Menlo Park woman believed to have been hiking on Mt. Tamalpais, search and rescue crews have suspended a widespread search for her, a Marin County sheriff's lieutenant said today. The area around where 33-year-old Magdalena Glinkowski's car was last seen has been extensively searched over the last few days but investigators have turned up no sign of her, sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said Monday afternoon.
Mom Reads Son's Facebook Page, Thwarts Shooting: Police, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Two Utah teenagers were in custody on multiple charges Monday after a concerned mother alerted authorities that they had threatened on Facebook to kill her son near his school, police told NBC News.Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilking said the threat appeared to be gang-related.
Man shot, wounded in South San Jose
San Jose Mercury News - News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Police are investigating the nonfatal shooting early Monday morning of a man in South San Jose.
Sacramento police seek possible witness to fatal Land Park crash
Sacramento Bee News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Sacramento police investigators are trying to locate a possible witness to a Feb. 13 collision on Riverside Boulevard in which a woman was killed and her husband seriously injured.
Vandals tip over smart cars on San Francisco streets, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Vandals flipped over a handful of miniature Smart cars parked in two typically quiet San Francisco neighborhoods on Monday, authorities said. San Francisco police officers responding to reports of a loud crash at about 1 a.m. found four of the tiny energy-efficient vehicles upside down, on their side or rear, Officer Gordon Shyy said. Witnesses told police a group of six to eight people dressed in black hooded sweatshirts gathered around and tipped over at least one car in Bernal Heights, an upscale and family-oriented neighborhood, Shyy said. Smart cars, made by a division of German auto manufacturer Daimler AG, are more than three feet (one meter) shorter than a Mini Cooper and almost five feet shorter than a Volkswagon Beetle with little cargo space.
Texas woman arrested after complaining to police about marijuana quality
San Jose Mercury News - News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Police in East Texas have arrested a woman after she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased from a dealer.
San Jose: Authorities investigate fatal mobile home fire that killed one
San Jose Mercury News - News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
At least one person was killed in a mobile home fire Monday morning, drawing an investigative response from San Jose's fire and police departments.
Two men sought in $30,000 jewelry theft
Stockton Record, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
STOCKTON – Last Wednesday morning, two men walked into a Sherwood Mall jewelry store, pulled out a sledgehammer and smashed a display case, then grabbed approximately $30,000 in jewels and fled the scene. Monday, Stockton police released a photo of...
Man caught on video leaving suspicious package questioned, released (UPDATED: 4:52 p.m.)
Stockton Record, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
STOCKTON – The Downtown Transit Center was evacuated during midmorning today while the Stockton police bomb squad investigated and eventually detonated a suspicious package discovered on the southwest platform.
Florida Deputies Save Suicidal Man on Bridge, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Three police deputies in Florida prevented a man from jumping off a bridge in a suicide attempt Sunday, authorities said.In a release, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the three deputies responded to the Bay Pines Bridge just before 10 a.m.
Police: Richmond Parkway crash victim likely was speeding
Contra Costa Times, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A man killed in a rollover crash off Richmond Parkway on Sunday morning appears to have been speeding, police said.
Oakland man arrested in February home burglary in Alameda
San Jose Mercury News - News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Frederick Smith, 48, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and burglary. Police said he burglarized a home on Madison Street in Alameda.
Orange County man charged in girl's chase death
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A man who allegedly killed a 12-year-old girl while fleeing police in Orange County has been charged with murder.
Vandals Tip Tiny Smart Smart Cars in San Francisco, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their front and rear ends in the city's streets.
Deputies Save Suicidal Man From Bridge, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Three Pinellas County deputies save a suicidal man’s life from atop a bridge.
Man renounces sovereign ideals, gets probation
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
An ex-convict who renounced his adherence to a sovereign citizen philosophy was sentenced Monday to five years' probation for plotting to kidnap police officers to call attention to his anti-government views. FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo, David Allen Brutsche, right, appears in Las Vegas Justice Court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Brutsche, who renounced his adherence to a sovereign citizen philosophy was sentenced in Las Vegas to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to kidnap police officers.(AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Leila Navidi, File) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT
Boy killed, restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn among four hurt in Napa crash
Contra Costa Times, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A young boy was killed and Napa Valley restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn injured Sunday in a head-on crash west of Napa on Highway 121, according to the CHP.Three others involved in the crash, including the boy's mother, were rushed to the hospital for treatment, said Officer Guillermo Garcia.
Palo Alto: Naked 18-year-old man arrested after bizarre crime spree
Contra Costa Times, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A naked 18-year-old man was arrested in Palo Alto on Friday night after a bizarre crime spree in which he allegedly attacked three people, police said today.
Data Center: Updated: See what California cities pay police, firefighters
Sacramento Bee News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
California police officers and firefighters typically earn far more than most Californians. A Sacramento police officer directs people away from possible lines of fire as officers from city, county and state agencies surround a gunman.
A look at woman in Sacramento leads to arrest of her acquaintance
Sacramento Bee News, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
A man was chased at knifepoint in Sacramento for looking at another man's female companion, according to Sacramento police.
Woman attacked by two men in Grand Canal Boulevard parking lot
Stockton Record, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
STOCKTON -- A 23-year-old woman walking with a suitcase and backpack in a parking lot in the 2200 block of Grand Canal Boulevard just after midnight Monday morning was attacked by two men, police reported.
Man walking at Weber Avenue, American Street beaten with metal pipe
Stockton Record, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
STOCKTON -- A 22-year-old man walking at Weber Avenue and American Street around 10 p.m. Sunday was beaten with a metal pipe, police reported.
Man killed in solo vehicle crash identified
Stockton Record, Mon, 7 Apr 2014
STOCKTON -- The 22-year-old man who died Sunday in central Stockton when his vehicle flipped, was identified Monday morning by the San Joaquin County Coroner's office as Ishmael Rucker of Stockton.
Fairfield police investigate shooting
The Reporter (Vacaville), Sun, 6 Apr 2014
Fairfield police are investigating a shooting that occurred late Saturday night that injured four.According to police, the incident occurred at around 10:20 p.
Solano County coroner's office identifies teens killed in Saturday car crash
Times-Herald (Vacaville), Sun, 6 Apr 2014
Five teens were ejected from the 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck that rolled several times in a field off of the east side of Pleasants Valley Road in unincorporated Solano County east of Vacaville, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Oakland: Police identify woman found fatally beaten Saturday
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Sun, 6 Apr 2014
No motive has been established nor arrests made in the killing of the 23-year-old woman, who was found dead Saturday morning on the sidewalk outside the Francis Marion Smith Recreation Center a few blocks from Lake Merritt.
Man charged in East Oakland killing, wounding of second victim
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Sun, 6 Apr 2014
Police said the shooting, which happened Feb. 22 near Highland Hospital, stemmed from the suspect stealing something at a social gathering the three men had been at earlier in the evening.
Fourth Smart car found tipped in San Francisco
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Sun, 6 Apr 2014
A fourth Smart car flipped onto its side was discovered this morning by San Francisco police in the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood and is believed to be part of the same rash of vandalism that occurred overnight.
CicLAvia draws thousands down six-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles Times - California, Sun, 6 Apr 2014
The ninth edition of the CicLAvia festival attracts thousands eager to abandon their cars for the day in favor of bicycles and other modes of non-polluting transportation. Eric Dietrich has finished the Boston Marathon and rowed the Charles River.
Revelers at UC Santa Barbara wreak havoc during daylong party
Los Angeles Times - California, Sun, 6 Apr 2014
More than 100 are arrested and dozens hurt during 'Deltopia' party at UC Santa Barbara. More than 100 people were arrested and dozens hurt Saturday during a daylong party in UC Santa Barbara's Isla Vista neighborhood, including 18 for their alleged roles in a violent clash between police and spring-break revelers, authorities said.
SUVs collide on Highway 121 in Napa; 1 dead
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 6 Apr 2014
(04-06) 19:32 PDT -- One person is dead after a head-on collision between two SUVs on Highway 121 in Napa, authorities said. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. at Highway 121 near Duhig Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. One person died after being taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, CHP officials said. No information about the other people involved in the crash was immediately available. The highway was reopened around 6:45 p.m. Marisa Lagos is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: Twitter: @mlagos
Caltrans scrambles to lure cormorants to new Bay Bridge span
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 6 Apr 2014
If all goes according to plan, they can still award the next piece of demolition work on time this summer - preserving the window for workers to take their "birds keep out" measures before the cormorants return next spring. [...] the birds aren't the only creatures that have gotten special attention. Only instead of worker walkouts, this time the fight involves a political campaign - with labor coming out swinging in an East Bay Assembly race for Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti over Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, whose big issue is banning BART strikes. A survey of 360 district voters in November by J. Moore Methods, commissioned by Glazer, found that 55 percent of those quizzed had an unfavorable opinion of public employee unions - and 77 percent looked unfavorably at BART unions. Debating: A random sampling of the packed-to-the-rafters crowd at Oakland's first mayoral debate showed that - while most were shopping for a replacement for incumbent Jean Quan - few left with a firm idea of whom they'd vote for. Rockridge resident Victoria Griffith said she was most impressed with civil rights lawyer Dan Siegel - not so much for his politics, but because he offered "a clear plan with numbers about what he would do to make the police more efficient."
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